Republican candidate for Wisconsin Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch compared same-sex marriage to marrying a clock during a radio interview.
“This is a slippery slope,” Kleefisch said. “In addition to that at what point are we going to be okay marrying inanimate objects? Can I marry this table or this, you know, clock? Can we marry dogs?
“This is ridiculous,” continued Kleefisch. “And biblically, again, I’m going to go right back to my fundamental Christian beliefs marriage is between one man and one woman.”
Her statements upset gay rights activists, who protested outside the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha while she gave a speech.
“She’s perpetuating the idea that it’s not okay to be gay,” said one protester.
“The people of Wisconsin are against gay marriage,” Kleefisch later told FOX6’s Real Milwaukee. “The people of Wisconsin spoke on this issue, as you guys are aware, in 2006 passed a constitutional amendment that said marriage is between one man and one woman.”
Asked how she felt about Wisconsin’s amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage, Kleefisch responded that she is “against gay marriage as well” because it is a “fiscal back breaker.”
“The legislative fiscal bureau announced about five days ago that we are actually $265 million dollars further in the hole than we expected to be this year,” said Kleefisch. “We just don’t have the money to be giving out for extra benefits right now. It’s a fiscal back breaker.”
In June, the Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the state’s ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions, as the Associated Press reported.
The constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage was put into effect in 2006 after being approved by a statewide referendum.
The Wisconsin Family Action Network, which was instrumental in the passage of the same-sex marriage ban, has publicly endorsed Kleefisch.
Scientists fight online coronavirus misinformation war
With cat photos and sometimes scathing irony, Mathieu Rebeaud, a Swiss-based researcher in biochemistry, has nearly tripled his Twitter following since the coronavirus pandemic began.
With 14,000 followers, he posts almost daily, giving explanations on the latest scientific research and, in particular, aims to fight misinformation that spreads as fast as the virus itself.
He is among a growing number of doctors, academics and institutions who in recent weeks have adapted and amplified their scientific messaging in hopes of countering what has been termed an infodemic -- a deluge of information, including widespread false claims, which experts say can pose a serious threat to public health.
Ted Cruz doesn’t want people shamed with body bags for going to beach: ‘Please stop the hate’
In early May, Florida attorney Daniel Uhlfelder made news by dressing up as the Grim Reaper in an attempt to scare people from crowding beaches during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Days later, he escalated by laying out body bags on the steps of the Florida capitol building in Tallahassee.
He escalated further on Saturday by announcing he would be handing out body bags to Florida beachgoers and started a fundraiser with the funds going to two progressive Political Action Committees.
The effort caught the eye of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
Poultry workers denied service over COVID-19 fears as businesses reopen: report
On Monday, the Huffington Post explored how poultry workers in North Carolina are being denied service even as businesses reopen from COVID-19 lockdowns.
"The hair salon SmartCuts reopened its doors in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, on Memorial Day weekend after a long closure due to the coronavirus. But not every customer was welcome to hop in a chair like old times," reported Dave Jamieson. "A sign posted on the shop window explained: 'Due to the number of Tyson employees who have tested positive for Covid19, and given the close contact experienced during our services, we are unable to serve Tyson employees. We sincerely apologize for this decision, and we ask for your understanding.'"